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Purple-rumped Sunbird

Leptocoma zeylonica


The Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes take insects, particularly when feeding young. They can hover for short durations but usually perch to feed. They build a hanging pouch nest made up of cobwebs, lichens and plant material. Males are brightly coloured but females are olive above and yellow to buff below. Purple-rumped Sunbirds are tiny at less than 10 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.


spotted in my garden in Tamil Nadu, South India Purple-rumped Sunbird is a common resident breeder in southern India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is found in Gujarat to the west (possibly a recent expansion and extending into Assam (Hailakandi) or Meghalaya in the east. This species is found in a variety of habitats with trees, including scrub and cultivation and is usually absent from dense forest.

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Purple-rumped Sunbird
Leptocoma zeylonica Purple-rumped Sunbird


pamsai 6 years ago

Hi Sachin,
and this one?
it looked quite different in the tree. Much brighter colour...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

this one is male,

pamsai 6 years ago

Hmm, so this is the same species as the other one I posted. Is this the female?

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 12.23, Long: 79.08

Spotted on Mar 2, 2012
Submitted on Mar 2, 2012

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